Deforestation is a problem in some parts of South Luangwa and we want to encourage children to plant and care for trees around their villages and schools. So following the success of our initial tree planting project at Katapila Community School we have decided to include tree planting in our volunteer scheme. This is a great project for either individuals or groups.
Day 1 - Arrive in Mfuwe and settle in to your accomodation. in the afternoon or evening we will see you to explain more about what we do, your project and the culture.
Day 2 - Meet the kids and teachers at the school - make posters with the kids about how to plant and care for trees.
Day 3 - Mark out where the trees will go and dig holes with the kids. Paint watering cans and buckets for watering.
Day 4 - Plant trees with the kids. They should do the actual planting themselves.
Day 5 - Back to the school to supervise watering and give prizes for the best posters.
Day 6 and onwards - Game drive in the morning, a restful days by the pool, a night drive to see nocturnal wildlife . . . .
Your days before or after the practical part of your project are flexible and we can arrange for you to arrive early or stay on for as many days as you wish. We advise you take a few game drives to see the wildlife and you may want to visit Tribal Textiles or Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre. There is an extra charge for these activities.
We will mostly be using native hard wood trees of different types but, in areas where elephants are not too much of a danger, we will also plant fruit trees such as mango. You will not need to dig holes and actually plant the trees (unless you want to) but it will be your job to organise the children and encourage them. We can supply a local expert to help you but it will be down to you to implement the project.
We usually plant between 50 to 100 trees per school and supply the kids with buckets or watering cans for keeping the trees alive during the dry season.
We also expect you to organise a poster competition about how to care for your tree. It would be useful to bring a roll of lining wall paper (not available here) for the kids to use for posters.
Please email for prices.
This tree was planted on 21st June 2011
The same tree just 10 weeks later
|Less than one year on, the same tree in February 2012|
Find out more about tree planting at Katapila Community School here